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Gerrard sad about Ejaria’s decision to make early Liverpool return

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is sad about Liverpool loanee Ovie Ejaria’s decision to quit his season-long loan move and return to Anfield.

The loanee has gone back to Anfield after spending half a season in Scotland despite talks for him to stay by the former Liverpool captain.

Gerrard held talks with the youngster who arrived at the beginning of the season but was unable to persuade him to stay at Ibrox amid reports the playmaker has struggled to cope with the physical nature of Scottish football.

“Look he’s a Liverpool player so I first and foremost have to respect the kid and the privacy,” he told SportBT.

“I’d like to thank Liverpool for the opportunity to have him here for half the season.

“Am I disappointed he’s gone? Yes. Do I think it’s the right decision? No, because I think he had an incredible opportunity here.

“But I’m never going to stand in a player’s way who is not happy and who is not settled because I have people who are desperate to wear the shirt and who would run through brick walls to wear it.

“It is what it is. I have to accept the decision. I’m sad about it, I wish him all the best. He’s a nice kid, very quiet. He told me it was 100 per cent football reasons and I have respect that.”